Valley Of The Dolls
Like most little girls I loved Barbie. Collecting the outfits was, as you can imagine, an obsession with me. However, even back then I had a flare for the darker side of things as my poor Barbie used to spend an extraordinary amount of time either falling off her horse or crashing her Mercedes convertible. There wasn't a week that went by when she wasn't in some sort of fatal accident. She was always well dressed whenever she died though, so there's that.
The Popovy Sisters however take dolls to a whole new level. This is Barbie's worse nightmare.
The twin sisters Ekaterina and Elena Popovy hail from Perm in Russia and started making dolls in 2004, after graduating at Ural State Academy of Architecture and Arts in Yekaterinburg. They were first inspired by Japanese porcelain ball jointed dolls (BDJ) and went to create their own.
The dolls are presented in collections, such as Widow Sisters, Swan Lake and Royals. Each doll in dressed in exquisite costumes, also designed and created by the sisters and could have been created by the likes of Alexander McQueen. The girls even make the wigs for the dolls.
Whilst the proportions of the dolls are exaggerated they none the less look eerily human.
If I had one of these beauties I definitely don't think I'd make it die in a car crash!